Senator Marsh has been in the political arena for almost 40 years.
He was elected as the first black mayor of Richmond in 1977, but many others admire him for his work to create equality for all.
"I think every elected official of my generation literally stands on his shoulders for all the work that he did in terms of making sure that folks got equal rights," says state Senator Donald McEachin.
Marsh is also an attorney. He worked side by side with the iconic civil rights lawyer Oliver Hill.
Senator Marsh was elected to the Virginia General Assembly in 1992. He, lost some battles, but won others. One of his most recent was his push to pass Brendon's Law, after 7-year-old Brendon Mackey was shot and killed by a stray bullet in Chesterfield County last 4th of July.
Senator Marsh will retire this Thursday, leaving a legacy for others.
"We miss losing somebody who has a great memory of how things were. That progress moves forward but in bits and starts," says U.S Senator, Mark Warner.
There will be a special election to fill Marsh's seat. Sources tell 8news one of Marsh's daughters may run.
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